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I WILL BE COMPLETE by Glen David Gold

I just finished reading one of my top twenty favorite books of all time – and I’m so mesmerized I can’t think of what the other nineteen could be. Gold’s brilliant memoir of his dysfunctional childhood and complicated relationships on through his 30s, viewed through the lens of middle age, is deeply and sharply insightful. It’s shocking and riveting, while written with great humor and unique style. I suspect all who gravitate towards psychotherapy will resonate, at least to some degree. Suffice it to say, the writing is just so dang good! I rarely read books twice, but this may be an exception.



I’m very happy to get my first entry up in time to recommend an upcoming two day Expressive Arts and Drama Therapy workshop for adult adoptees. We’re so fortunate to have such a rare offering right here in the East Bay. The title of the workshop is Adoption Stories: Healing the Primal Wound, and will take place February 24&25. The facilitators are Amber Fields and Armand Volkas. Here are their bios, and you can find more at This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Amber Field is a Korean American transracial adoptee artist, teacher and healer. They are a Tamalpa Institute Associate Teacher of expressive arts and a musician who specializes in helping people free their voices. Amber also leads a training The Art of Solidarity that uses embodied arts practices to transform individuals and communities. They are passionate about helping adopted people explore their many feelings around adoption and find home within themselves.
Contact information: (415) 573-4092,

Armand Volkas is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville, California. He is a Board Certified Trainer in this discipline with The North American Drama Therapy Association. In addition, Armand is Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Sofia University, the Summer Peacebuilding Institute and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy and expressive arts therapies for social change, intercultural conflict transformation and peacebuilding.